What could be better than an easy and savory soup that’s chock full of vitamins and nutrients? It’s low in fat and high in fiber and protein too. Sometimes I modify this recipe and toss in a handful of cherry tomatoes while cutting in half the amount of crushed tomatoes. I make up a large batch and store it in the fridge for a quick but satisfying meal during the week. It also freezes well.
¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped in 1/2 inch dice
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 T fresh)
2 cups dry lentils (I like red)
8 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
½ cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons vinegar
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
Step 1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
Step 2. Stir in lentils*, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until lentils are tender, at least one hour.
Step 3. When ready to serve, stir in spinach and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper; taste and adjust as needed.
* Don’t forget to rinse the lentils well before placing in the pot as this removes some of the indigestible sugars that can cause you to feel bloated and gassy and also removes any dirt or debris.
This colorful side dish is packed with flavor and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Roasted Curried Cauliflower
Prep time:10 minutes
Cook time:25 minutes
Yield:Serves 4 to 6
1 large head cauliflower, cored, broken into large florets, florets sliced into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 onion, peeled, thickly sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven, line baking pan with foil: Pre-heat oven to 425°F with a rack on the top third of the oven. Line a large rimmed baking with foil.
2. Whisk together garlic, lemon juice, oil, curry, cinnamon, salt: Put the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, curry powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk vigorously until well combined.
3. Coat floret slices with curry mixture: Add the cauliflower and onion slices to the bowl with the curry and toss to coat. Spread the cauliflower and onion slices on the baking sheet in a single layer.
4. Roast in oven: Roast in oven at 425°F for 25 to 30 minutes until well browned. Check halfway through the cooking, and rotate the pan for more even cooking.
1/3 cupGreek yogurt or sour cream (low fat is fine)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Make the walnut topping: In a small bowl, toss the nuts with the honey and cinnamon until the nuts are evenly coated (the mixture will be sticky). Set aside.
For the Muffins: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and honey until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated between additions. Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and yogurt (or sour cream) and beat until blended (the batter will look grainy; that’s okay). Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (the cups will be very full) and sprinkle evenly with the nut topping. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden and domed, 25 to 28 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Once Upon a Chef’s Jennifer Segal
Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Wash and prepare the fresh ingredients:
– Cut the sweet potatoes in 3rds and then cut each “wheel” in 8ths to make wedges
– Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves.
– Chop the fresh thyme.
3. Prepare the Fries:
– Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat the potatoes.
– Place the potato wedges on a Teflon coated jelly roll pan (or lightly greased cookie sheet) and spread in one layer on the pan.
4.Cook the Fries:
Cook for 20 -25 minutes on until nicely browned turning once with a spatula after about 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!
There’s a new healthy rice substitute that is SP friendly*. With just a few simple ingredients and little effort to prepare, our zucchini rice recipe is the side dish you’re going to be making all summer long.
MAKES 4 SIDE-DISH SERVINGS
START TO FINISH: 35 MINUTES
4 zucchini, ends trimmed
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Grate the zucchini on the coarse side of a box grater. Squeeze the grated zucchini with your hands and drain off the excess liquid.
2. Add the salt to the zucchini and toss to combine. Transfer to a strainer and drain, squeezing occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Add the garlic and zucchini to the pan, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the cheese until combined, and season with salt and pepper.
5. Serve immediately, warm.
1-2 tsp minced fresh parsley (or 1/2 tsp if dried)
2 cloves of garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1-2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)
Cut the cauliflower into florets, and then use a food processor to pulse the florets into rice-like grains.* Set riced cauliflower aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add the ghee, olive oil and onion. Sauté onion until it begins to soften. Then, add the salt, dried parsley, garlic powder and pepper. Stir well to combine the seasonings with the onion. Continue to cook onion another 1-2 minutes until soft and translucent.
Add the riced cauliflower to the seasoned onion and stir well to combine. Continue stirring and sautéing the cauli-rice until it begins to soften (about 5 minutes).
Add the chicken stock and cover the skillet. Allow the cauli-rice to steam for about 5 minutes until the stock is absorbed and the cauli-rice reaches desired texture.
Remove cover, add the minced fresh parsley (optional) and fluff cauli-rice to combine.
Serve alongside your favorite healthy meals.
Recipe Variation: By changing the herbs in this recipe, you can create customized cauli-rice to complement you main dish. For example, substitute minced fresh cilantro for the fresh parsley and add about 1/4 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp chili powder to create a delicious Mexi-Style Cauli-Rice.
* Psst! You can process a head of cauliflower into rice up to 3-4 days in advance. Store the uncooked cauli-rice in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to cook. Cooked rice should also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and generally tastes great for up to 2-3 days. My favorite store, Trader Joe’s offers a real time saving option – cauliflower rice in a nice little bag in the refrigerator section. Saves time and clean up!
Note: recipe creds go to thenourishinghome.com where I first found this tasty and nutritious grain-free “rice” dish.
Growing up as a kid, the definition of chili was both a small pepper with a very hot flavor and a spicy stew of ground beef usually with beans too. Both meant yummy goodness. Now chili in our family seems to be synonymous with Monday Night Football. Our version is a chicken variety with savory mexican spices. It’s always a hit, even when our team doesn’t win.
Spicy Mexican White Chicken Chili
2-3 cups shredded chicken (I use rotisserie chicken from the deli section at Sprouts)
2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans navy beans
2 cups roasted corn (I use frozen from Trader Joe’s)
1-2 ounces taco seasoning mix (I use part of the envelope from Trader Joe’s)
1 (7 1/2 ounce) can of chopped green chilies (use less if you like a milder chili)
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
chopped green onion (optional)
Monterey jack cheese (optional)
Pour beans, corn and chicken in large pot.
In a medium bowl, combine taco seasoning, chiles, condensed soup, and chicken broth.
Pour over top of ingredients and stir together over medium heat.
Simmer for 15-30 minutes.
Serve topped with green onions, sour cream, and jack cheese, if desired.
Can’t wait until summer to have this pizza! Packed with vitamins and minerals, this Fruity Pizza is the bomb.
The Watermelon “crust” is full of nutritious benefits. It is a high lycopene food. Lycopene is especially important in cardiovascular health and an increasing number of scientists are finding that it is beneficial in bone health too. It also has amino acids known to promote strong kidneys and other organs.
The Kiwi topping is one of the healthiest foods. It has the equivalnet vitamin C of an orange and its available year round. The California crop is from November thru May and then we get them from New Zealand. Their crop hits the market June thru October. Kiwis are a great source of dietary fiber and also provides great antioxident protection.
Blueberries are full of nutritious benefits as well. Chock full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, potasium and magnesium, these colorful fruits make a great pizza topping that is good for you and your body.
Dried shredded coconut not only adds fiber, it adds iron which helps with healthy circulation and tissue maintenance.
watermelon (large slice) cut into eight pie slices
kiwi, peeled and sliced
strawberries, cut in fourths
green grapes, cut in half